The current level of development of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics presents an alternative to human communication. In 2030 there will be special dating apps allowing users to talk to virtual dates, flirt and make them feel special. As soon as the virtual date says “I want to get to know you more,” the app will indicate that you have made the AI partner fall in love with you.
Looking back at history, there was, for example, the video game LovePlus, which captured the hearts of many Japanese people by mimicking the experience of being in a relationship. The male-centered game had three different “girlfriends” – Rinko, Nene, and Manaka, each with unique characteristics. The goal was for the player to court one of them by earning “boyfriend” points for doing things correctly.
Another case was the virtual girl in the RealDollX app. The rules were very simple: the user installed the app, chose an avatar for the AI girl, and started communicating. In addition to physical characteristics, users could choose the personality of their “girlfriend” (intelligent, jealous, unpredictable, helpful, spiritual, etc.). The user could also customize the “girlfriend’s” voice. Generally, it was like a Sims game with selectable character traits.